Faculty Footnotes

Rev. Dn John El Massih ordained to the priesthood

St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) faculty member Dn. John (Rassem) El Massih was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on Sunday, August 30 by the hand of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America (AOCANA). The ordination took place during a hierarchical Divine Liturgy served at Ss. Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Potomac, MD.

“May I serve every Divine Liturgy as if it is my first with humility and fear. Hopefully I will never take it for...

Alumni News

Alumnus, daughter create ministry to deaf Orthodox Christians


Recognizing a great need in the Orthodox churches in North America, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Alumnus Fr. Jason Foster and his daughter Savannah recently formed the Orthodox Christian Deaf Association (OCDA). Father Jason serves the community of Holy Nativity of the Lord (OCA) in Shreveport, LA. 

Savannah, how did you learn American Sign Language (ASL), and how did that lead to the formation of OCDA? 

I’m 19 now, but my interest in learning ASL actually began when I was 16 when I made attempts to communicate with some deaf people while shopping in Barnes and Noble.

In order to reach the door, I needed to walk through the middle of their conversation, so on the spot I looked up how to sign the phrases “excuse me,” “thank you,” and “have a good day” on my phone! This encounter with them...

Seminarians Speak

Meet a Seminarian: Amber Bennett


Amber Bennett is a 27-year-old first-year student in the Master of Divinity program at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS). Bennett has wanted to be a missionary ever since she was a child. She and her family converted to Orthodoxy from a nondenominational background when she was 18 years old. She continued to seek missions even as she completed a master’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. Desiring to go deeper into the liturgical life of the Orthodox Church, she concluded that attending SVOTS would better prepare her for life as a missionary. In this interview, Bennett discusses her long road to conversion and the excitement she feels attending an...

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